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Living With Nature Monthly Program – October and November

Join us for another season of our free programs that seek to educate and entertain! Invited experts present of a variety of topics related to bird biology and ecology; global and regional birding hot spots; and conservation issues that affect birds, other wildlife and their habitats. We have three program locations in Tucson, Green Valley and Oro Valley (RSVP at 520-622-6014), the latter program begins in 2018. Bookmark for updated talk details and speaker bios.

Perhaps you have an idea for a future Living with Nature topic or speaker to invite? We’re listening, contact Katie Brown, events coordinator at or call 520-629-0510 x 7012.



TUCSONSaturdays at 3:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. October – November
Lower Level 1 meeting room, Joel D. Valdez Main Library, 101 N Stone Ave, Tucson, AZ 85701
Parking is free on Saturdays, unless special event rates apply. See map

October 7   
Planting Hope: landscaping with native plants to benefit birds

Welcoming John Rowden, Director of Community Conservation for the National Audubon Society, to Tucson Audubon Society’s Living with Nature program. Audubon’s Bird-friendly Communities conservation strategy is guided by the principle of improving communities all over the country by providing birds with food, shelter, safe passage and places to raise their young. Native plants provide resources that support birds in each of those areas, and research is demonstrating that even small patches of habitat planted with natives – down to the yard and neighborhood scale – can benefit birds. In 2016, Audubon introduced the nationwide Plants for Birds program that provides resources and support, with the goal of helping people put native plants in the ground in gardens, yards, and community spaces. John will summarize the benefits that native plants provide to birds and explore the resources we have developed to support the planting of natives, with a particular focus on the desert southwest. Planting native species is something everyone can do that can have tangible benefits for birds.

The program begins at 3:30 p.m. with a brief advocacy issues update on Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge brought to us by Dinah Bear, conservation lawyer and advocate. If you are interested in hearing more about the refuge, consider attending the 10 AM Living with Nature in Green Valley on the same date, October 7.

As space is limited to 135 attendees and we expect this event to be popular – please register your attendance online, or by calling 520-629-0510 x 7002. Please Register Here


GREEN VALLEY – November through April, first Saturday of the month, 10:00–11:00am
In Green Valley, the lectures are held at Green Valley Recreation’s Desert Hills Social Center, 2980 Camino del Sol. See map

October 7
Saving Santa Ana (Again)
with Dinah Bear
Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge, often described as the “crown jewel of the national wildlife refuge system” is under immediate threat as the result of a decision that the first new border wall construction will occur there. The plans would leave the entire Refuge, except for the visitor’s center, on the south side of the wall, between a 40 foot wall and the Rio Grande River, subject to massive flooding, cleared vegetation, lighting, and other threats. Sadly, this may proceed even if Congress does not appropriate new funding for the larger border wall. Our speaker is Dinah Bear who has recently visited Santa Ana and works with a number of organizations trying to save the it. She will explain why Santa Ana must be saved, the nature of the threats, and what you can do about it.

About our speaker:
Dinah Bear served for 24 years as General Counsel and earlier as Deputy General Counsel for both Democratic and Republican administrations at the President’s Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), the environmental agency in the Executive Office of the President. She chaired the Standing Committee on Environmental Law of the American Bar Association from 1991-1993. She chaired the Steering Committee of the Environment Section of the District of Columbia Bar Association, which won the “best section” award during that period. She received the Chairman’s Award from the Natural Resources Council of America, the Distinguished Service Award from the Sierra Club, the Distinguished Achievement Award in Environmental Law and Policy from the American Bar Association.

Ms. Bear now lives in Tucson, Arizona, where she remains professionally active in environmental law and policy with a special focus on the borderlands. She chairs the board of Humane Borders and also serves on the boards of Defenders of Wildlife and the Mt. Graham Coalition.


ORO VALLEY –  Saturdays, 12:00–1:00pm
In Oro Valley, the lectures are held at WNPA Western National Parks Association 12880 N Vistoso Village Dr. See map
Please RSVP to 520.622.6014 as space is limited to 60 seats per lecture.

January 20, 2018
Urban Wildlife Rehabilitation
Robin and Angéline Fahey, Tucson Wildlife Center describe their work. More info to come.


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